|Correction to Budget Update - More Positive News|
June 17, 2015
TO: CLA MEMBERS/ SYSTEMS/ NETWORK CONTACTS
FROM: Mike Dillon, CLA Lobbyist
RE: News From the Capitol
CORRECTION TO YESTERDAY’S BUDGET NUMBERS – THANK YOU GOVERNOR AND LEADERS FOR $4 MILLION IN BROADBAND CONNECTION GRANTS!
We are pleased to be able to share some good news with you this morning. Yesterday afternoon, as information was trickling in regarding the agreement made between the two Democrat leaders and the Governor on the 2015-16 Budget, we reported that $2.5 million in much needed funding had been approved for the broadband connection grants. But what we have learned this morning from the representatives of the Department of Finance is that the dollar amount for these grants was actually increased to $4 million, meaning that many more public libraries will have the ability to connect to the high-speed, broadband “backbone” operated by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives In California (CENIC), in Phase 2 of implementation this coming year.
Yesterday we reported that the Governor and the legislative leaders had agreed to fund the broadband connection grants at $2.5 million in one-time funding. This amount, we believed, represented the $1.5 million that the Governor included in his May Revision for this purpose, along with an additional $1 million. In fact, the Governor and leaders actually adopted the Governor’s $1.5 million plus $2.5 million, for a total of $4 million in connection grants. The $4 million figure was part of the CLA “Budget ask” that was also supported by Assemblyman Mike Gatto and 27 of his Senate and Assembly colleagues.
We want to thank Governor Brown and his Department of Finance for being very supportive of the library broadband project, as well as Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Senate President pro Tem Kevin De Leon for their support. We’d also like to thank the folks at CENIC for their technical assistance and collaborative advocacy work on behalf of the broadband project.
Note: All other Budget numbers reported yesterday remain the same as we indicated.